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APA Citation Style, 7th edition: Government Document

Helpful Tips!

Helpful Tip!

Question Mark Beanie Where can I find the date of a Web page?

Examples of Webpages

Usually the date is available at the bottom of the Web page.  It may state last updatedlast modified or last reviewed.


If there is no date available then use (n.d.) for no date.

Online Government Document

For more tips on citing government sources, check out the Government Publication section under the Books tab.

General Format

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):
(Government Author, Year)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Government Author, Year, page or paragraph number [if available])

Government Name. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title of document: Subtitle 
    (Report No. xxx [if available]). URL of specific document


In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):
(Environment Canada, 2004)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Environment Canada, 2004)

Environment Canada. Canadian Wildlife Service. (2004). The 1995 peregrine falcon survey in 
U. Banasch & G. Holroyd (Eds). (Occasional Paper no. 110). http://www.c

TIP: To abbreviate or not abbreviate?

QUESTION: If I am citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the in-text citation, do I need to use the full name or can I just use CDC?

ANSWER: If the corporate author names (corporations, organizations, and government agencies) are readily identified by an abbreviation, you should include the full name in the first citation along with the abbreviation in brackets and then use the abbreviation in all other subsequent in-text citations.

Example: First in-text citation

  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014)

Example: Subsequent in-text citations

  • (CDC, 2014)